"It's nice to be remembered," said All-American field goal kicker Andy Glockner when asked about the 1994 season and his participation in it. For the Penn faithful, however, that season stands out as more than memorable and virtually impossible to forget. That year, the Quakers finished 9-0, their second consecutive undefeated season, and captured the Ivy League title with a 7-0 mark. It was the second-consecutive season of Ivy League titles and the team was also honored with three All-Americans and a squad that was dominant defensively while racking up a I-AA record 24-game winning streak.
Now, 10 years later, the 2004 Penn football team bears some striking similarities to the 1994 team; ones that, in 2014, fans will certainly remember as well. The defense is still pivotal to the Quakers’ attack and the team's success thus far this season indicates the very real possibility of another Ivy League title as well as a number of individual awards. This consistency is definitely proof positive that, while the men wearing the Red and Blue may change throughout the years, the legacy of Penn football and its power within the Ivy League continues unabated.
"When the season began, we had supreme confidence from the year before," said Glockner. "We had a dominant defense. With a new quarterback, we were expected not to do so well, but we did."
Glockner was one of the first players that were truly Head Coach Al Bagnoli's, as he assumed coaching responsibilities in 1992. Glockner transferred to Penn and played his junior year, where he experienced some struggles adjusting to the new program.
The following year, as a senior, he was able to right himself and was one of three All-Americans. Glockner led the nation in field goals with 1.58 per game, and was also 14-for-20 in field goals and 20-23 in extra-point conversions. The two other All-Americans that year were Miles Macik and Pat Goodwillie. Goodwillie was Penn's top defensive player and only the fourth Penn recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup given to the Ivy League’s MVP. Goodwillie became just the fifth defensive player in Ivy history to win the award.
The '94 team etched itself into the record books with a come-from-behind win at Cornell. That game was the only thing standing between back-to-back undefeated seasons and an NCAA Division I-AA record 21st consecutive victory. Penn found itself in a hole, however, with 16 minutes remaining and an 11-point deficit. A furious rally capped by a Terrance Stokes touchdown plunge from the one-yard line gave the Quakers both their second consecutive undefeated season and Ivy title.
The team finished first in the nation in three defensive categories total defense (218.9 yards/game); scoring defense (7.6 points/game) and pass efficiency defense (63.1 rating points). Penn also finished in the top 20 in rushing defense (14th at 106.3 yards/game) and turnover margin (20th at .78 turnovers/game). As a unit, the Quakers allowed just one passing touchdown and 68 total points all season.
In only his third season as head coach, Bagnoli became just the second head coach in program history to lead the Red and Blue to back-to-back perfect seasons, as well as consecutive Ivy League championships.
A decade later, Glockner continues to follow the Quakers via Internet radio. "It is still good to see that Penn is doing well," he said. "I have a tremendous amount of pride in the program and Coach Bagnoli has done a tremendous job." In the years since leaving Penn, Glockner married and has a child. Recently, he was named the college basketball editor for espn.com. Throughout this time, his loyalty to Penn remains unflagging. "Penn's is a storied program," he said. "The University should be proud of the job that Coach Bagnoli has done there. He makes sure that Penn has a championship caliber team every year."
Senior punter and two-year starter Josh Appell echoes the same pride as Glockner. "It is incredible to have won two Ivy League championships in a row during my time here and have the chance to win three." Appell has had 19 punts thus far, totaling 852 yards (44.8).
This season, the 2004 Quakers hope to become the first Ivy League team in 12 years to win three-straight Ivy League titles. Similar to the '94 team's 24-game winning streak, the '04 team also had winning streaks of its own. A Franklin Field winning streak ended at 19 with a loss earlier this season to Villanova. While that loss also stopped a 17-game overall winning streak, Penn still carries a 16-game Ivy League winning streak.
"Every year, we are favored to win the Ivy League," Appell continued. "We are always expected to compete. It is an incredible experience to be on a winning team."
The '04 team has similar personnel a decade later that contributes to its success. Like All-Ivy standout running back Terrance Stokes, the current Quakers are bolstered by first-team All-Ivy running back Sam Matthews who has rushed for 333 yards and scored three touchdowns so far this season.
Ten years later, the Penn defense continues to dominate the Ivy League, led by All-Ivy senior corner Duvol Thompson and relative newcomers Casey Edgar and Michael Johns, and senior defensive lineman and second team All-Ivy choice Michael Sangobowale is a powerhouse on the line and helps bolster the defense.
"Coming to Penn, you know you are coming to a school with a lot of tradition," said Sangobowale. "On the defense, we set the bar high for ourselves. We want to be the best defense in the Ivy League, and we want to have the best rushing defense in the nation."
Thus far, Sangobowale's wishes are coming true. He has had nine tackles already this season (seven solo) as the team begins the rest of the Ivy League schedule this week against Columbia.
The winning tradition is what Appell hopes the Quakers will still be known for a decade after he leaves, much like Glockner. "Penn has an amazing tradition." Appell said. "It is a program that is run well and should do well in the future."
Sangobowale agrees and adds that in addition to remembering Penn as winning championships every season, he also hopes he is recalled as a "guy that played and worked hard and showed up every Saturday ready to play. When you play for Penn, you have a sense of pride for the Red and Blue you wear."
Ten years later, the '94 team is still regarded as one of the best teams in recent memory. Today, the '04 Quaker tradition continues to stand strong as Penn maintains its march through the record books, posting wins and ruling defense in the Ivy League and on a national scale. The players who donned the Penn uniform still hold the tradition of football and the memories and accolades earned while wearing it in high regard. For these reasons, and the enduring prominence and consistency of Penn football, it is quite apparent that, 10 years from now, the Quakers will continue to leave lasting memories for those who watch, and those who play.
Written by Kim Parker, athletic communications assistant